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Permanently Closed - Nizza La Bella

299 reviews
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$30 and under
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Nizza La Bella is a French restaurant located in Albany, California that specializes in serving wood fired pizzas and French and European comfort food. The restaurant offers a bistro type atmosphere for casual dining.

Nizza La Bella is open for dinner daily and also serves brunch on the weekends. The menu at the restaurant features a vast array of hors d�oeuvres and small plates, entr�es, pastas and wood fired pizzas. House specialties served at Nizza La Bella include steak frites, roasted chicken, bella burger with frites, baked macaroni, spaghetti with Manilla clams and baked macaroni with meatballs. Pizza options at the restaurant include la Lombardi and la Proven�ale.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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French, Italian
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Hours of operation
Brunch/Lunch/ Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM - 3:00PM Slunch; 3:00 to 5:00 PM Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Friday - Saturday: 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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Phone number
(510) 526-2552
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Eleanor Triboletti
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Cross street
Solano Ave.
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Parking details
Street parking is plentiful during the day and in the evening
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Special events & promotions
July 14th Bastille Day Celebration

Beaujolais Nouveau on the Third Thursday of November

March 17--Nizza La Bella's Birthday--Fun and Our Very Own Tradition:
the Jameson Shot
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KathleenS (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 8, 2016

Fun, eclectic menu, mussels provencal delicious, even a little European flavor to the atmosphere.

JaneS (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 4, 2016

It's always a pleasure to dine at this unassuming neighborhood restaurant. The food this week was perfectly tasty - the mussel dishes are a favorite.

CFinAlameda (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2016

Hadn't been here in 3 or 4 years. Still remembered the Old Fashioned with mulled fruit and a tempting menu. Each one in our party of four had a dish they thought was the best at the table - satisfying flavors, great drinks, a cozy booth, and pleasant waitstaff. Must come here more often!

Soozh (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 13, 2016

It's a good neighborhood restaurant. Drinks were good. Salad Lyonnaise was really tasty. Onion soup was traditional.

vipJinruigakusha (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

Table (booth) was ready on time. Rather unusual menu left with us to take plenty of time to decide - interesting cocktails while we talked and made our decisions. Small menu but great variety of basically Provencale dishes, moules, buoillabaisse, etc. some plates larger than expected, others OK - all quite filling. Small selection of French, Italian wines - OK. Coffee OK, desserts looked fine but we were full. Good service.

Susan (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 21, 2016

A wonderful discovery for us--convenient, not too crowded (we were on the early side), easy parking. Everything we tried was great-- the Salad Delice Aux Cerises with "baby spinach, michigan cherries, toasted walnuts & chevre with cassis vinaigrette," served two. Two of our party of four had the Poulet Fermier Roti Feu De Bois and declared it delicious. I had the Pasta Au Muscles Du Fra Diable, "spaghetti with mussels, spicy pomidoro sauce & fresh basil; served with garlic bruschette, " which I loved. There was enough to take home extras. We were too full to order dessert, but they sounded wonderful, too.

stylieT (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 20, 2016

The anchovy- dressed salad was amazing as was the Moules Provençal with aioli and frites. Attentive waitress, relaxed vibe but still classy, a neighborhood gem! Wine options limited but ok.

BadMemory (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

We've been coming here for years and talked our friends in Napa into coming down to have a great red wine dinner. The food was not bold as it has always been, and the waiter was noticed by everyone at our table as inattentive and dismissive. For example, he came by, asked how the food was, and as I turned to tell him he was walking away. We won't be back, very sorry to say.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 8, 2016

Every dish is carefully designed and executed. Starting with the best French Onion Soup I've ever tasted, followed by one of the best Bouillabaisse, the entire experience was exceptional.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 28, 2016

The wait staff was so nice and helped us celebrate a birthday. The food is always great. If only they had beer on tap!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 25, 2016

Always decent bistro food with reasonable prices. Friendly, warm atmosphere, good service.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 18, 2016

Neighborhood bistro. Casual ambience. Elegant food. Wonderful fire roasted half chicken, steak frites, and pizza's. Superb salads. Consistently good. Good full bar. Excellent French and Italian wine list. What more can you want?

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on March 14, 2016

This used to be a nice friendle neighborhood gem. It's become shabby and careless. The food is okay, the wines are boring. For those who like cocktails there is a full bar, and I hear the mussels are still good. But it just seemed dreary. My Niçoise salad was okay but my friends Lyonnaise had two pieces of frisée and was drowning in dressing. The flat bread is unique but ours was burned and served without apology by our rather surly waiter. With Rendezvous right around the corner I won't go back unless for a quiet drink.

vipCDB1 (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

A few dishes were good, but overall the food was nothing special or just okay. The restaurant was not even half full on a Saturday night when everywhere else was packed. We made a reservation, but we didn't need to. Regardless, they sat us right next to the waiter staff station with only a view of their prep area. The service was efficient, but not at all warm or friendly. Price isn't usually a big concern for us, but this was one time when the meal and the overall experience were not worth the prices. It feels like no one is trying. But, we'll try harder next time to find somewhere else.

Disappointing (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

We really like this restaurant. Seating is never that comfortable, but we like the neighborhood feel. Cocktails are usually quite nice. We were a party of five originally to be seated in a booth that is just comfortable for four, they added a chair at end of the table at our request but the fifth person would have been half way in to the narrow aisle leading to/ from the busy kitchen...We moved to a front window space in front near door which could be prime real estate!... the owner said the cold air from people coming and going on this very stormy night might bother us. Actually, the problem was the very heavy self-closing would not close because the hardware is not it stayed open blowing over us most of the night. We took dozens of turns getting up, asking people coming in to close the door, and some other diners started helping us...wait staff tried to keep door shut....kind of irritating knowing it is just a matter of maintenance. it is a very cozy room, the owner was right there, never looked back!...ruined it for me..burger was good, great fries, nice wine.....our umbrella got taken. oh well.

delightindining (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

We had an egg dish with sausage and potatoes. It was delicious, as was the bread served with it. And they make good coffee served with a nice white cup, and plenty of refills.

Four stars because it was cold, and the booth is uncomfortable. They need to have some heat and some padding and all will be well.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

Wonderful, as always, for an intimate supper. The drinks are 'way too expensive compared to other restaurant bars

delicioso (Salt Lake City)
2.0  Dined on January 23, 2016

We were a party of 4. I had been there about 2 years ago and had great food and service. We were all disappointed with our food. Pasta was gloppy, tuna salad was supposed to have seared tuna and it was some marinated mess. French onion soup was too hot for too long. Mussel dish had a really thick tomatoes sauce. Waiter did not know menu, said he had to bring starters and main all at the same time, never checked on us, even forgot to bill us for a second bottle of wine, didn't clear dishes. Disappointing experience.

vipmcgibbs (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 22, 2015

The relaxed feeling of a little corner place in southern France comes over me every time I eat here. Basic bistro food done very well, and a great atmosphere.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 12, 2015

Great French salad, fish, bread, and cocktails in a comfortable neighborhood spot near the movies.